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March 13, 2019

Paul Manafort was sentenced to 73 months in prison on Wednesday in the former Trump campaign chair's second of two federal criminal cases.

The Wednesday sentence, issued by U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Washington, D.C., came in response to Manafort's guilty plea to witness tampering and unregistered lobbying. It also comes after Manafort was sentenced to 47 months in prison last week, receiving nine months credit for time already served.

Manafort's first case ran through an Alexandria, Virginia courthouse, where he was found guilty of eight criminal counts related to bank and tax fraud. Jackson decided Manafort will serve 30 months of his Wednesday sentence concurrently with the 47-month sentence, giving him a total of 81 months, or about seven years, in prison after time served.

Manafort faced up to 10 years in prison at his second sentencing on Wednesday. Like in his first trial, Manafort's lawyers asked for leniency after the GOP operative suffered apparent health issues while waiting for his trial and sentencing in prison. His friends and family also wrote letters to Berman Jackson, asking that he be credited for "promoting American democratic values" around the world, CNN details. Jackson rejected that plea, saying there is "there is no good explanation that would warrant the leniency requested." She did thank Manafort's family for the letters.

In his first case, Manafort was facing up to 24 years in prison. If he had received both maximum sentences served consecutively, it could've been an effective life sentence for the 69-year-old. Kathryn Krawczyk

January 15, 2019

In a new court document filed Tuesday, Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office lists the lies investigators believe Paul Manafort has told since he agreed last year to be a cooperating witness.

Manafort, President Trump's former campaign chairman, agreed to a plea deal in September so he would not have to go on trial in Washington, D.C., on conspiracy charges. In the heavily redacted document, an investigator with Mueller's office writes that Manafort was "advised that lying to the government could subject him to prosecution." Last month, Mueller filed a document saying he believed Manafort had been lying and the plea deal is now void.

The latest document states that Manafort lied about his dealings with Ukrainian business associate Konstantin Kilimnik, his contacts with members of the Trump administration, and a $125,000 payment he made in June 2017 to a redacted name. His lawyers have claimed that if Manafort gave any false statements, it was purely by accident. Catherine Garcia

December 7, 2018

In a Friday court filing, Special Counsel Robert Mueller said that President Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, lied about several different issues while cooperating with Mueller's investigation as part of his plea deal.

Manafort told "multiple discernable lies" about his contact with Konstantin Kilimnik, a Russian employee of Manafort's political consulting firm who has ties to Russian intelligence, as well as Manafort's ongoing conversations with Trump administration officials, says Mueller.

As part of his plea agreement, Manafort was instructed not to contact anyone in the administration, but prosecutors say he continued to relay messages through May 2018. Though much of the filing is redacted, it shows that Mueller concludes Manafort breached his plea deal on multiple occasions.

Last week, when Mueller first accused Manafort of lying repeatedly to federal prosecutors, Mueller's office that said because Manafort violated the agreement, they do not have to hold up their end of the deal. It's now possible Manafort will face a harsher prison sentence for his financial fraud convictions. Read more at The Washington Post. Summer Meza

September 14, 2018

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort agreed to plead guilty to federal crimes Friday, ahead of his second trial on charges of money laundering and lobbying violations, The Washington Post reported.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office filed a new criminal information document, which usually signals a plea deal, just hours before Manafort was scheduled to appear in court for a hearing, reports BuzzFeed News. The trial could be much shorter if a judge accepts the reported deal. NBC News reports that jury selection is scheduled to begin on Monday in Washington, D.C.

Manafort was convicted last month in a separate trial, on charges of bank and tax fraud. He has refused to cooperate with federal prosecutors, and it remains unclear whether his reported plea deal would provide any information to Mueller's team. Read more at The Washington Post. Summer Meza

September 12, 2018

Paul Manafort, President Trump's former campaign chairman, is discussing with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office a potential plea deal, two people with knowledge of the matter told The Washington Post on Tuesday.

Manafort was convicted last month in Virginia on eight counts of bank and tax fraud, in connection with work he did for Ukrainian politicians. He is facing a second trial in Washington, with jury selection expected to start on Monday and opening statements set for Sept. 24. This time around, Manafort is accused of money laundering and lobbying violations, also stemming from his Ukrainian employment.

These negotiations aren't necessarily going to lead to Mueller striking a deal with Manafort, the Post reports, and it's unclear what specific terms they are discussing. In August, The Wall Street Journal reported that Manafort's legal team was discussing a deal with prosecutors while the Virginia jury was deliberating, but Mueller reportedly had an issue with the talks and no agreement was made.

Manafort's former business partner, Rick Gates, made a deal with prosecutors, and in exchange for testifying against Manafort during his first trial, he received leniency. Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani told the Post earlier that Trump has asked his lawyers about the possibility of pardoning Manafort, but they urged him to hold off on pardoning anyone involved in the Russia investigation until the probe is over. Catherine Garcia

May 18, 2018

Jeffrey Yohai, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's former son-in-law and business partner, reached a secret plea deal with federal prosecutors earlier this year that requires him to cooperate in other state and federal investigations, Reuters, Politico, and other news organizations report. "I can only confirm that he has reached a plea agreement," Yohai attorney James Hinds told BuzzFeed News on Thursday. One of Special Counsel Robert Muller's two criminal indictments against Manafort charges him with bank fraud for allegedly instructing an unidentified son-in-law to pretend he was living in a Manhattan apartment that was being used as a rental property.

Manafort, who invested in real estate with Yohai in California and New York, has pleaded not guilty to all charges. Yohai's plea agreement is sealed, but he reportedly pleaded guilty in federal court in Los Angeles to criminal fraud in obtaining real estate loans, a case that predate's Mueller's investigation. According to Reuters, Yohai is a "close business partner" who "was privy to many of Manafort's financial dealings." Mueller's team interviewed Yohai last June and reportedly remains interested in what he knows about Manafort. Yohai's divorce with Manafort's daughter was finalized last August. Peter Weber

September 20, 2017

While he was still serving as Donald Trump's campaign chairman, Paul Manafort sent an email to a Kiev-based employee of his consulting business requesting he tell a Russian billionaire with close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin that if he wanted "private briefings" on the presidential race, Manafort would set it up, several people familiar with the emails told The Washington Post.

Emails on the subject are part of the tens of thousands of documents now in the possession of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team. The emails are very vague, and no exact name is ever used, but investigators believe they are referring to Oleg Deripaska, an aluminum magnate and one of the richest men in Russia. There is no evidence Deripaska ever received the message or any briefings, but investigators think this shows Manafort was ready to use his proximity to Trump for his own benefit, several people told the Post.

The Wall Street Journal reports that it has been difficult for Deripaska to get visas to come to the U.S. because he might have ties to organized crime in Russia, something Deripaska denies. Deripaska has paid Manafort as an investment consultant, and in 2014 took him to court in the Cayman Islands, accusing Manafort of taking nearly $19 million in money set aside for investments and being unable to tell him what he did with the money or where it is. Read more about Manafort and Deripaska's relationship at The Washington Post. Catherine Garcia

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